Molly Bannaky

Molly Banneker, an English woman, was accused of stealing, but was saved from the gallows because she could read the Bible. She left England and arrived in the New World working as an indentured servant for seven years. When she got her freedom she bought a slave, Banneker, to help her work her land. Eventually, Molly signed his freedom papers and he became her husband. Though is was against colonial law for a white woman and a black man to marry, neighbors accepted them and they managed to farm successfully and raise a family. After Banneker died, Molly wrote the name of her grandson, Benjamin Banneker in her Bible, and taught him how to rad and write and how to respect his grandfather's history. Winner Books for Younger Children, 2000.


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